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A Holyhead-Northern Ireland direct ferry route? AFLOAT adds that under Sealink/British Rail era, Holyhead served both Belfast and Dublin (albeit based on Lo-Lo container routes).  Above rival operators Irish Ferries cruiseferry Ulysses and Stena Line's also Dublin serving Stena Adventurer seen departing the north Wales port.
Direct Holyhead-Northern Ireland ferry route and an investment in the A55 are under consideration in the UK-wide transport infrastructure review. North Wales Live reported on rail links in north Wales with England being on the initial Union Connectivity Review priority…
Stena Horizon maintains both Dublin-Holyhead (where as seen) and at weekends the Dublin-Cherbourg route. While larger E-Flexer class Stena Estrid serves Rosslare-Cherbourg along with a freight-only ferry on Bypass-Brexit Ireland direct services to mainland Europe.
Afloat has noted Stena Line's new Dublin-Cherbourg route launched in January, has not been operating on a regular basis by the inaugural 'E-Flexer' class ferry, in particular to sailings last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The operator's first route connecting the…
Irish Ferries' car carryings during 2020 were down by 65.8% to 137,100 cars. Above Ulysses on Dublin Bay, AFLOAT adds during its delivery voyage /maiden arrival to Dublin Port on 4th March 2001. This month also marks its 20th year operating on the core Irish Sea route of Dublin-Holyhead. The custom Finnish built cruiseferry, has recently returned to service following a routine overhaul dry-docking at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside. Taking its place was W.B.Yeats which has since resumed Dublin-Cherbourg duties.
Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, has reported lower revenues and earnings for 2020 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions on its passenger business. Irish Continental Group said its revenues for the year fell by 22.5% to €277.1m from…
The ESPO Award 2021 will reward ports for their contribution to the recovery and prosperity of the local community. Submissions to be sent before 1st July. Make your efforts known by participating in this 13th edition. Above linking communities in a city port setting.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation Award will go to the port managing body that proves to play a special role in the recovery and prosperity of the city and local community. The ESPO Award on Social Integration of Ports…
Annaleena Mäkilä, ESPO Chair. the first woman to chair the organisation.  The ESPO secretariat office counts more women than men (5 to 4).
Women participating in the European Sea Ports Organisation committees has increased in 2020 compared to the last two years, when ESPO started monitoring the gender balance of its internal meetings. Taking all technical committees together, women represent 35,10% of the…
Ro-Ro freight-ferry cargo operator, CLdN responds to market demand post-Brexit with additional sailing capacity on its Irish routes to mainland Europe. Above Laureline, when introduced in 2019 became the second largest such ship following fleetmates Celine and Delphine (dubbed the Brexit-Busters) introduced the previous year on Dublin-Belgium/ Netherlands routes.
Operator CLdN having overcome the challenges of the first two months of this year in the post-Brexit era, has increased shipping capacity by the introduction of additional sailings on its Irish and UK routes. Getting a vessel back from charter…
The Dunkirk Spirit: A new weekly lo-lo service of Dunkirk-Bristol-Liverpool, operated by Containerships has begun to help move goods more quickly from mainland Europe to a post Brexit UK (via the Irish Sea) and avoid potential congestion at Calais and across the English Channel. Above file photo of a Containerships lo-lo ship the 803TEU Karen Scwepers at Dublin Port from where along with Rosslare and Cork ports, have seen sharp rise in capacity collectively (ro-ro & lo-lo) provided for hauliers to avoid the UK Landbridge. This has involved connecting Europe via France, Belgium, the Netherlands and also Spain.
The fallout of post-Brexit on Ireland saw operators rapidly expand direct freight ferry routes to mainland Europe, while a container company avoids potential English Channel port congestion having begun a new route via the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Women in Maritime: The ferry operator Stena aims to o become the most diverse shipping company in the world doubling female management by 2022.
Ferry operator, Stena Line has increased the number of female managers it employs by an impressive 42% in only 5 years and has the ambitious target of ensuring they account for 30% of all management by the end of next…
The Dunbrody replica famine ship berthed at the Co. Wexford inland port was towed downriver to the nearby New Ross Boat Yard.
The tallship Dunbrody Famine Ship was brought by tug across the Barrow last Monday to New Ross Boat Yard to go into dry dock for three months, during which time she will have extensive works carried out. Work began on…
An Irish tug boat brought the drifting trawler to Dún Laoghaire Harbour
A British registered Spanish owned fishing trawler was towed to harbour in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay yesterday after drifting for days in the Irish Sea because of engine failure. There are 15 crew members, some are Spanish, but…
Dublin Bay Live webcam
After a temporary outage, the popular Dublin Bay live cam that captures views of Scotsman's Bay, Dun Laoghaire's East Pier and the Dublin Port shipping lane is now back online.See livestream below. View both the Bay cam and a second…
Rocket House in Castletownshend, West Cork
A 19th-century house in West Cork that once comprised six coastguard cottages is now on the market for €1.95 million. As the Irish Examiner reports, Rocket House — named for the lifesaving rocket launch that once stood on the grounds…
JSP Rover departs the river Liffey
Busy scenes at Dublin Port this week as container ship JSP Rover departs the river Liffey as she heads outwards towards Haven Rotterdam, as Ro-Ro Cargo Vessel Amandine arrives from the Port of Rotterdam! The Lo-Lo Vessel Elbspirit is also…
Dublin Port is seeking marine operatives
Dublin Port Company is currently recruiting Marine Operatives.  Dublin Port Company’s Marine Function operates a Marine Operative Pool that is a multi-skilled and multi-functional team. The Marine Operatives, under the supervision of a Team-leader, operate with full flexibility and carry…
MV Armorique of Brittany Ferries at Rosslare Europort last month
The Department of Transport confirmed today (Friday 5 March) that the French Government will no longer require proof of a negative COVID test result from hauliers travelling on direct maritime routes from Ireland to France. French legislation has been amended…
Conor O'Brien's Saoirse gets underway from
Ireland's Conor O'Brien was the first amateur skipper to circumnavigate the globe by the classic sailing ship route south of the great Capes, running down his easting in the big winds of the Great Southern Ocean which blow unhindered round…

As an island economy, a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

Our pages are covering some of the most notable arrivals around our coast and reporting too on port development and shipping news.

This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

Liam Lacey, Director of the Marine Institute’s Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) said, “The Irish maritime industry can look to the future with confidence. It has shown itself to be resilient and agile in responding to challenges. Over the past decade, it has had to respond to the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and recent challenges. Ireland’s maritime sector has continued to underpin our economy by maintaining vital shipping links for both trade and tourism.”

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